Monday, August 25, 2014

Little Witches Layout

Hello everyone!! It is Monday, and of course a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week our challenge is a bit of word play: witch-kraft. You can mix both themes up, as I did, or stick with the witches or kraft theme.
I made a layout, which might seem to be about Halloween, but isn't really. My son got scared of a very sweet little kiddies programme about a friendly witch when he was smaller. I can't remember the exact origins, but he started talking about 'little witches' on the way to school one day and this has developed into a whole elaborate story during the past two years or so. The 'little witches' are very kind tiny child witches, they have their own school, houses, a teacher and so on.

The house on the layout is the nursery school of the little witches. I die cut it from grungeboard and painted with various Distress Paints. It was sanded, inked and stamped with a spider and spider web stamp. I used mica for the windows. The tree was done in the same way, with green, brown and black paint. Both dies are Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz.

Here you can see the texture of the house a little better.

The little witches are sitting in front of their school, with a fence die cut from kraft-core cardstock behind them.

The background is Motif cardstock, which has an embossed pattern, which will resist ink and paint - if you wipe the paint off from the embossed parts before it dries completely. I used Picket Fence paint and also splattered the layout with some green paint.

Some more witches and a blueprint hat were stamped, lightly coloured with Distress Ink and cut out.

I hope you have time to join us this week in our fun challenge. As every week, one participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by here today!

Happy crafting!


Surfaces: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Grungeboard, Motif Cardstock; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core cardstock
Dies: Sizzix: Halloween Shadows, Ironworks Gate, Branch Tree, Rickety House
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mini Blueprints 7, Halftone Halloween, Mini Halloween 4, Mini Halloween 3, Retro Halloween
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Bundled Sage
Paint: Distress Paint: Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce, Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Picket Fence
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Deco Type Industrious Stickers, Frames & Trims Industrious Stickers, Seasonal Chit Chat stickers, Laboratorie Tissue Tape, Commute Tissue Tape

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Play Mixed Media Layout

Hi and welcome! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. There is a new CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration case file:
My layout:
I made a mixed media layout, making flaps out of dry embossed paper leftover from a gelli printing session. I like to press embossed paper onto the plate to create patterns, and sometimes those papers come out even nicer than the actual prints. From the evidence items I used: wet medium, butterflies, and book paper: The journaling was inspired by the theme of making little books for your journaling, and the layout is also about a happy topic - one of our favourite outings, a really great playground, different from most other play areas I have seen. 

The background was covered with Tim Holtz new tissue wrap and coated with gesso. I added some stencilling on top with Broken China and Black Soot Distress Paint. I also stamped the background with a grungy circle stamp and Picked Raspberry paint.
The flaps were simply scored and folded, and are a great place for additional photos and for all my journaling. I wrote a lot about our memories from this place during the past three years or so. Everything from the toys and games we've played, to Anton being bitten by a huge termite ant. The butterflies were die cut from old book paper with the Butterfly Frenzy die.
The title letters were die cut with the Block Talk Lowercase die. I like that the letters are pretty narrow, so you can fit in a long word in a small space if you need to. My title is 'Play, Play and more Play'. The larger butterflies were die cut with the Mini Butterflies die.

All the flaps open, and inside each one I added an additional folded piece of paper, to give me even more space for photos and journaling.

I had fun using these embossed papers. Love that random application of paint.
Have a great weekend and I hope you can play along with us this week!
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Solar White cardstock; Tim Holtz idea-ology: Postale Tissue Wrap; Ranger black cardstock; Daler & Rowney watercolour paper
Dies: Sizzix: Butterfly Frenzy, Mini Butterflies, Block Talk Lowercase
Stamps: Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous: Mini Muse
Paint: Distress Paint: Picked Raspberry, Broken China, Black Soot; various paints by Dina Wakley used for the prints
Stencils: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Speckles, Bubbles
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Label Letters, Elements Tissue Tape

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dimensional Compass Card

Hi all! There is something about compasses which I really like, probably because I often think about where south, north, east and west are situated when I am at a specific place. I remember being amazed the first time I learned how to use a compass as a child. In Sweden, there is a sport called orienteering, which consists of running around in a forest with a map and a compass looking for a specific number of stations. You get it elsewhere too now. We did this quite a bit in school.

For this dimensional compass card, I used Tim Holtz Sizzix Compass Blueprint Framelits set, which is a die and stamp combo, making it easy to create dimension. The background was dry embossed using the Trellis folder, with one of the Embossing Diffusers to form the circle which is not embossed in the centre. I liked the way the non-embossed circle framed the compass. Stamp the compass on the background cardstock before embossing. I used the smooth side of Ranger's Watercolour cardstock for the stamping.

After stamping the compass blueprint on the background cardstock, stamp it another four times on the smooth side of the watercolour paper. Die cut with the coordinating dies. It really helps to have the Sizzix Magnetic Platform, making it much easier to get a precise cut. Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist once with water and pick up with a paint brush, to colour all the pieces. I used: Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Pumice Stone.

This is the sandwich to use with the embossing diffusers: Platform tab 1, texture fade with paper inside, diffuser adhered to folder with tape, cutting pad. After that, to get the more defined line around the circle use this sandwich: Platform tab 1, Silicon Rubber Pad, cardstock with diffuser shape, Impressions Pad. Run through your Big Shot or Vagabond. The background was inked and splattered with Pumice Stone.

The sentiment and label stamp and die are also included in the same set. I stamped it with Monarch Orange Archival Ink and the sentiment with Jet Black. Die cut with the coordinating die.

Layer the pieces of the compass on top of each other with foam tape. Here you can see that it is pretty dimensional, from the front you don't see the foam tape. As you can see, I didn't colour some of the areas which would be covered.
Thank you for looking!
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Ranger Watercolour cardstock; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core cardstock
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Courtyard & Trellis, Embossing Diffuser Set 1
Ink: Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Pumice Stone, Peacock Feathers; Archival Ink: Jet Black, Monarch Orange

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dies, Stencils and Stamps Blog Hop

Hello everyone! This week Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team and Stencil Girl are having a fun blog hop. Lots of inspiration! This is the second day of the hop and it is time for my post.
I made a bird mini-book, and this is a tutorial too.

If you follow my blog, you probably already know that I love birds, and the Speckled Bird stencil was calling out to be the star of a mini album cover. This is just the sweetest bird. The album was made with Eileen's Sizzix Mini Album die, which is a favourite of mine since it is so versatile. You can make the album in two sizes, here I did the chunkier version with a wider spine. I like to take photos of birds, and I am going to fill this book with those photos, both photos I've already taken and future ones. You can see another tutorial for a similar album here.
Start by die cutting the album from mat board. This is an XL die, so you need the Extended Cutting Pads. I didn't use the closure flap. Here you can see the scorelines for the spine. If you make a thinner album, you only use the centre piece for your spine. I used all three.

Cover the album with old dictionary paper using multi medium.  
Smear gesso over the paper, but let some of the text show through.

Paint the covers with brown shades of Distress Paint. I used Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. Leave to dry.

Mix Salty Ocean and Broken China into one blob of White Embossing Paste and mix Peacock Feathers into another blob. I like to use a piece of plastic packaging as my palette. Carefully smear through the Speckled Bird stencil, varying the two shades of paste.

Mix some Walnut Stain into white paste and add dots with a dot texture stencil.
When the paste is dry, add some dry-brushing with Walnut Stain paint.

I cut twelve pages from smooth watercolour paper, making them slightly smaller than the covers. Smear Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink on your craft sheet, mist with water and press the pages into the ink (I forgot to take a photo of this step). Repeat for all the pages, both sides. When the ink was dry, I added more stencilling to the pages, for example, using the Three Crows stencil and the dot stencil.

When the paste is dry, I stamped the pages here and there using stamps from Eileen's great Craffiti Picket Fence stamp set. The wooden window and fence were stamped with Potting Soil ink. The background stamps were stamped with Salty Ocean and Gathered Twigs, misting the stamp with water before stamping.

Layer the pages two together into six signatures. Poke two holes into each page and thread a thin piece of twine through the holes.

Cut a piece of natural sticky-back canvas for the spine and glue it in place with multi medium. Poke holes at three intervals and thread the twine through - two signatures into each hole. Tie a tight knot. I added a Tim Holtz Heart Charm to the spine. 

The textures of the text background, paint and embossing paste are real nice and makes you want to reach out and touch the book. I gave the bird a pearl for an eye.

I also used one of my favourite quotes on the cover.

Just a quick look at some of the inside pages. Here I used the Bird in Window stencil.

Some of the pages only have stamping and no paste.

 All the edges were inked with Gathered Twigs.

I like having an album ready, so that I can just adhere the photos once I develop them.

The back of the album looks like this. You could also add more stencilling here.
There is a great prize package to be won. All comments left for the entire week August 18th - August 22nd on all blogs in the hop will be eligible for the giveaway. So the more blogs you comment on, the larger your chance is to win. Comments close Sunday, August 24th @ 11:59PM Central Time. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 26th.
These are the stops on the blog hop for today:
Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)
And don't miss all the inspiration posted yesterday, and during the remainder of the week.

Thank you so much for stopping by here today! Next stop is the wonderful Michelle Zerull.
Happy crafting!!
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board; Canson Multi-Technique papers; Ranger Natural Sticky-Back Canvas; old dictionary pages
Dies: Sizzix: Mini Album 
Stamps: Eileen Hull Craffiti: Picket Fence
Ink: ranger Archival Ink: Potting Soil; Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock Feathers
Medium: Ranger Multi Medium Matte; Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi: White Embossing Paste
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Heart Charms, Trinket Pins; Prima: Engraver Alphabet Stickers

Monday, August 18, 2014

Adventure Journal Page

Hello everyone! Monday and of course a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week anything goes! I am looking forward to seeing what everyone will create.

I made a fun art journal page in memory of childhood summer camping trips. Most of the products I used are from the new Simon Says Stamp exclusive This is the Life range. Working in my Small Creative Journal, I covered the background in gesso and added scratches and lines with the Ranger Scraper Tool. I thought the Waves stencil would also work as rolling hills and smeared White Embossing Paste through.

The hills and the sky were painted with Distress Paints. This fun car comes from the Wagon Adventure set with coordinating dies. I stamped it with Watering Can ink on Specialty Stamping cardstock and coloured with Distress Inks. The Sizzix Magnetic Platform works really well together with stamp/dies combos.
The sun was stamped with Chrome Yellow Archival ink and die cut. I stamped on of the sentiments from the Wagon Adventure set in the middle with Watering Can. The clouds were die cut from old dictionary paper with the Cloud Bank die.

I made some quirky trees using the Ice Cream Cones die, colouring with Distress Ink. The sweet hearts also come from the Wagon Adventure set, stamped with Vermillion ink.
Join us in this week's anything goes challenge and it might be you who wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly.
Thank you for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Ranger: Dylusions Small Creative JournalSpecialty Stamping Paper; old dictionary paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Wagon Adventure Set
Medium: Ranger Dina Wakley: White Gesso; Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi: White Embossing Paste
Stencils: Simon Says Stamp: Waves

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scenic Tag Card

Hello stampers! Here's my second scene for the August theme at Craft a Scene - add a four-legged animal to a scene.
I had a glossy die cut tag on my desk and decided to stamp a little scene on it. Most of the stamping was done with green Archival Inks, except for the birds and branches. I coloured it with dye inks and my Colorbox Stylus tool, aiming for a light look. Highlights were added with a white gel pen.
For the background I used a patterned paper, distressed with sand paper and some tissue tape. The sentiment was white embossed.
Thank you for looking!
Happy stamping!
Stamps: Stampscapes: Ducks in Formation 027A, Crooked Path 146F, Oaks and Mist 224F, Dog Walk 227A, Prickly Branches 272G, Oak Branch Sm., Scenic Sentiment Sheet 1
Dies: Sizzix: Tag & Tie
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Fern Green, Leaf Green, Jet Black; Adirondack: Willow, Aqua, Stonewashed, Oregano; Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs
Embossing powder: Ranger White
Surfaces: Kromekote glossy cardstock; Prima Cartographer A4 pad
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Laboratorie Tissue Tape, Elements Tissue Tape, Linen Ribbon

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Happy Life Layout

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. I spent the morning tidying up, which was much needed. There is a new CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration case file:
My layout:
I used some photos from my son's first time at the amusement park, which fit real well in colour and with the happiness theme of this month. From the evidence I used: dots, a grid, speech bubbles, and arrows, and from the testimony I was inspired by the happiness theme and placed some of my journaling in speech bubbles. The rest of the journaling is on the back.
Working on watercolour paper, I white embossed dots randomly all over the page, as well as a heart stamp. Then I did a simple Distress Ink watercolour background by smearing yellow and green inks on my craft sheet, misting with water and pressing the paper into the ink.
Here you can see the white embossed heart, which is also home to part of the title. The title is a mix of rub-ons and die cut letters. The letters were die cut from mat board with Tim Holtz Block Talk die, painted with Broken China, sanded lightly when dry and then coated with Glossy Accents. The arrows got the same treatment.  
I added some rhinestones and Simon Says Stamp sequins, for bling and to add to the happy feeling.
I love the look of Glossy Accents on top of letters and embellishments. They look almost good enough to eat.
Thank you so much for looking! I hope you can join us this week!
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Daler & Rowney watercolour paper; Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Psychedelic Grunge, Rockstar
Ink: Distress Ink: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive
Paint: Distress Paint: Broken China
Embossing powder: Ranger White
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Life Quotes Remnant Rubs, Words Remnant Rubs; Simon Says Stamp: Moonshine Sequins; rhinestones